Students and staff of the University of Calabar are in for better days of steady power supply, following the steps taken by the vice chancellor, Prof Zana Akpagu, to end the days of interruptions in power supply in the campus.
The VC, at the ground breaking ceremony for the take-off of the solar energy project in the university said the project was carried out in partnership with the Republic of Germany. He said the ceremony was the most historic event in the life of his administration.
Akpagu identified power as a major problem of the institution that had gulped staggering sums of money, stressing that the solar energy project when completed, would ensure steady power supply in the institution
This came as he assured that UNICAL would contribute its quota in ensuring that the project comes to fruition, adding that power forms the nucleus of the entire activities in the institution especially in the area of research.
The Vice Chancellor said it was in recognition of the importance of power to the institution that he incorporated the UNICAL solar energy company to drive the project.
Akpagu who commended the Republic of Germany for its partnership said it would go a long way in sustaining the long standing diplomatic ties between Nigeria and Germany.
Also speaking, the Consul General of Germany, His Excellency, Inglo Herbert congratulated the Vice Chancellor for his courage and vision for the institution, stating that solar energy will provide an alternative source of power needed for research.
The German Consul who described UNICAL as a model said he was looking forward to exploring other areas of partnership with the institution.
He said,"this project is the future of this great institution because everything in universities require power. It is fundamental to education. Our commitment is to make it happen"
Also, a former minister of power, Dr. Lanre Babalola applauded the vice chancellor for the bold initiative and described the project as a dream come true.